Weiman Throws No-Hitter, Wolfpack Routs St. Bonaventure, 15-0
Feb. 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - Junior Emily Weiman threw her second career no-hitter and classmate Renada Davis hit two home runs as the NC State softball team defeated St. Bonaventure, 15-0, Tuesday afternoon at Dail Stadium. The Wolfpack smacked a season high 17 hits in the contest and scored at least one run in every inning.
"We did what we were supposed to do today," said head coach Shawn Rychcik. "Emily had a great day in the circle and our bats came alive to giver her some run support. I was real happy that we were clean defensively and didn't make any errors, so it was a good day all around."
The game was shortened to just five innings because of the mercy rule, which ends the game after five innings if a team is winning by eight or more runs.
NC State's (5-6) 17 hits were the most for the squad since April 27, 2013, when the Pack also collected 17 hits in a 16-2 rout of Boston College. Additionally, the Wolfpack's 15 runs scored were the most since that contest as well.
Weiman baffled the St. Bonaventure (1-9) hitters with excellent command of her pitches in the circle and collected seven strikeouts en route to her first no-hitter of the season. Her last such honor came on April 3, 2013 as she no-hit the Charlotte 49ers.
"It's exciting to pitch a no-hitter," said Weiman. "I just came out here to do my job and my teammates put a lot of runs on the board which makes it much easier to pitch."
Offensively, 11 different players had at least one hit for the Wolfpack, led by Davis who was 3-for-4 at the plate with two homers and four RBI. Her first home run of the game came in the second inning on a 1-0 pitch that she sent sailing over the left field fence. In the fourth inning, Davis blasted a two-run homer which scored Kirsty Grant, who singled the previous play.
"I felt really good at the plate today," said Davis. "I had been thinking too much at the plate, so I was focused on not doing that and just reacting to where the ball is pitched and I just happened to hit two home runs."
Molly Hutchison, Nadia Kemp, Tyler Ross and Lana Van Dyken each collected two hits against the Bonnies. Grant, Molly Martin, Hanna Sommer, Chelsea Tate, Morgan Tharrington and Hannah Yeager all had one hit in the contest.
"We're starting to reap the rewards of facing such tough pitching to begin the season," Rychcik added. "I think the pitching that we've faced this season prepared us well for this game."
NC State (5-6) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as the squad scored three runs in the opening frame. Van Dyken doubled to center field and Hutchison followed with a single to right field, scoring Van Dyken on the play after the throw from the right fielder skipped past the catcher. Sommer, a sophomore from Tustin, Calif., singled to right field after an out to put runners at first and third with two outs.
Freshman Nadia Kemp tripled down the left field line the next play, scoring Hutchison and Sommer on the play to collect two RBI. Davis' round-tripper provided the Pack's only offense in the second inning, while Scout Albertson's sacrifice fly in the third inning plated the lone run of the frame.
In the fifth inning, NC State sent 15 hitters to the plate as the squad batted around in the lineup. Martin and Tharrington each smacked their first hit of the season in the frame. As a team, the Wolfpack recorded 10 hits in the inning and scored 10 runs.
NC State will return to action on Saturday, March 1 when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play at home against Virginia. Game times on Saturday are set for 12 and 2 p.m. at Dail Stadium.